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Wheat industry buzzing about new CSU varieties

By T.J. BURNHAM

Arrival of Byrd wheat from the Colorado State University Breeding and Genetics Program in August has been “one of the most anticipated variety releases in recent memory,” says Glenda Mostek.

As marketing director for Colorado’s Wheat Administrative Committee, Association of Wheat Growers and the Wheat Research Foundation, her observation mirrors a vast industry viewpoint.

The excitement for the release announced in late summer is based on the impressive performance of Byrd in trials in recent years, where it topped the state average in yields.

“Farmers are very interested in a high-yielding wheat variety that also has good drought resistance,” says Mostek.

Key Points

• Colorado has released two new wheat varieties.

• Byrd outyields the state standard by 10%.

• A Clearfield variety brings a second Beyond tolerance gene.

 

Another simultaneous release from the program, Brawl CL Plus, “will give wheat growers the opportunity to knock out some of the more difficult annual grassy weeds such as feral rye, downy brome and jointed goatgrass,” she says.

Brawl CL Plus is a two-gene Clearfield wheat, providing producers with an opportunity to use methylated seed oil to increase effectiveness of the Clearfield herbicide.

CSU Wheat Breeder Scott Haley says the two hard red winter wheats are released after more than eight years of testing.

Research data, he reports, suggest that Byrd and Brawl CL Plus have the capacity to produce higher yields and excellent baking flour, even in the face of Colorado farming challenges such as drought, climate change and newly emergent insects and disease.

Happy days

Haley is almost giddy when he considers the potential for the newest releases. The Colorado Wheat Research Foundation holds ownership and marketing rights to both varieties, under an agreement that also involves the CSU Research Foundation and Colorado Seed Growers Association.

In field tests, Byrd produced 10% higher yields than CSU’s popular Hatcher variety, which accounts for 35% of the state’s total wheat acreage because of its own high, stable yields.

“This is a blockbuster,” says Darrell Hanavan of Byrd. As executive director of the same triumvirate of organizations Mostek represents, he sends word to producers that the newcomer is a significant new starlet for wheat.

Byrd is named for Byrd Curtis, CSU’s first wheat breeder who led the university program for five years in 1963 before moving to another position. Brawl came by its name differently, so called for its ability to battle feral rye weeds.

Many Colorado wheat breeds can be traced to Curtis’ work.

“I wanted to make a historical connection and highlight the importance of long-term funding for public wheat breeding,” says Haley. “The CSU wheat breeding program that Dr. Curtis started is going on its 50th year of continuing activity and productivity.”

It is the first publicly developed winter wheat variety that carries a second gene (ergo “Plus”) for tolerance to Beyond herbicide.

Colorado growers can count on the CSU variety factory to continue to turn out new products, says Haley, whose biggest challenge today is birthing new cultivars that will endure the environmental stresses of growing in the state — stresses, he notes, which are constantly changing.

“We’re also on a quest for higher-yielding varieties because we’ll have a global population of 9 billion people by 2050,” he adds.

“We need to produce more food. We have to keep working.”

 

This article published in the November, 2011 edition of WESTERN FARMER-STOCKMAN.

All rights reserved. Copyright Farm Progress Cos. 2011.

 

Capitalizing on calving in fall

By ROBERT WAGGENER

Central Wyoming agricultural producer Gordon Medow was pondering whether he should sell his mother cows so he could focus on growing crops.

“The farming that needed to be done during the spring and summer didn’t mix well with my spring calving program,” Medow says. “I didn’t feel I could continue doing right to both worlds without hiring additional labor. Some manage to do this well, but I just didn’t have the manpower to get the two to work together.”

Since Medow enjoys raising both crops and calves, he searched for alternatives. What about calving in the fall? This bucks Wyoming tradition, but would it work?

Key Points

• Calving during busy farming season poses challenges.

• Wyoming producer opts for calving during the fall.

• The change opens up new marketing opportunities for the ranch.

 

“I started looking at different times to market calves and feeder cattle to try and capture a different market, and I determined on paper that fall calving made sense. That it had more positives than negatives, at least for my operation,” says Medow, who runs Medow & Sons farm and ranch, north of Riverton, with wife Bonny and son Mark.

Medow took the plunge in the early 2000s and has since spent a great deal of time developing his fall-calving program, one of the few such programs in Wyoming and surrounding states.

The Medows have a production herd of 500 mostly Black Angus cows. All of the calves are backgrounded through winter, and the family purchases an additional 800 to 1,000 calves to background.

Working the land

The family owns 600 acres of irrigated farmland. About 50% is in corn for silage and grain, 40% in alfalfa, and 10% in spring wheat.

Medow says that the wheat was added in 2008 as a rotation crop. “I’m still on a learning curve as to how well it will produce and play into the rotation, but I’m optimistic it will work for my operation. I feel I will get better weed control and nutrition management.”

Wheat is sold on the open market, but all of the corn and alfalfa are fed to their cattle.

“We still have to purchase feedstuffs to complement our corn silage and alfalfa,” Medow says.

Mother cows stay all year

The mother cows stay on their farmland year-round as well. “They are fed throughout the year, which is pretty unusual around here,” he says.

When Medow was deciding whether to get out of the calving business, math convinced him otherwise.

“I determined we could make more money marketing our crops through our cattle,” he says. “We look at typically marketing the cattle in midsummer. That’s when we make a decision to either market the calves or retain ownership and have them finished at a commercial feedlot.”

Medow says he has no regrets in switching over to fall calving.

“It allows me to continue calving, something I enjoy very much, and it allows me to concentrate my efforts on farming in the spring and summer,” he says.

Waggener writes from Laramie, Wyo.

 

This article published in the October, 2011 edition of WESTERN FARMER-STOCKMAN.

All rights reserved. Copyright Farm Progress Cos. 2011.

 

Does your operation carry enough liability coverage?

By JENNIFER BRADLEY

Insurance is tricky. It has more loopholes than one can count. Each policy is different, and each farm makes it so.

“It all depends on the individual’s tolerance of risk,” says Ken Bolton, Extension dairy agent with the University of Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability.

Key Points

• There is no one-size-fits-all policy when it comes to farm liability.

• Farmers’ side businesses may not be covered.

• UW Extension recently published a new bulletin about farm liability insurance.

 

He goes on to explain that some farmers may possess little or no assets and transfer some risk to an insurance company, while others have a significant value and perhaps are self-insured. That continuum is one everyone finds themselves on, regardless of where their situations falls, but the “judgment calls can only be made by the individual farmer” of what portion of risk they want to transfer, Bolton notes.

Liability at a glance

Liability insurance is only a portion of the insurance profile a farmer must possess, but it’s an important one. It’s unique and stands alone, “primarily because it’s driven by contract law more so than even insurance law,” Bolton says.

Bolton worked with Phillip Harris, an Extension agricultural law specialist, and Shannon Mirus, a staff attorney with the National Agriculture Law Center, to compile a bulletin titled “Farm Liability Insurance,” which was published just this year. It gives farmers great insight into this detailed and sometimes murky part of necessary insurance coverage.

He says he decided to pursue this type of publication back while he was an Extension dairy and livestock agent in Jefferson County. Bolton explains he first saw the misconceptions about liability insurance come to life with his parents when they signed up for an umbrella policy in the 1970s and believed “there was nothing we’re not covered for, which was not true,” he says.

“There’s a general misconception held by many farmers that if you have property insurance, auto insurance, liability insurance and some umbrella liability, that they’re covered for all contingencies,” he adds. “That is very rarely the case.”

Liability insurance, he explains, provides high excess coverage and replaces coverage by the underlying policies when they become reduced or exhausted by whatever loss there may be.

The purpose of it is to defend the person in court and also, if found liable, pay some or all of the fees. This is where it gets tricky, and a farmer needs to ask: What is my risk, and how much do I want to assume myself?

How much is enough?

The statement on the first page of the “Farm Liability Insurance” bulletin explains a concept Bolton says is critical to understand: “Every insurance policy is a legal contract, and every insurance policy is subject to its stated exclusions and limitations.”

That, he says, is determined by the insured and the insurer. The level of coverage depends on the premium a farmer wants to pay.

The bulletin lists many examples that farmers can benefit from reviewing. Since each situation is unique, there is no set number on how much liability a farmer should have. One issue many producers may not think about is the pollutant factor. Many liability policies contain exclusions on pollution and will not cover complaints of manure, smoke, fumes and many other effects to people and property.

“If manure is considered a pollutant, most pollutants are excluded in farm liability insurance coverage, unless you pay a specific extra premium,” Bolton notes.

Many farmers are also running ventures in addition to the main farm business. Some examples include custom cropping, agritourism, culture labs and roadside stands. These are likely not covered under the farm liability policies.

One situation Bolton saw years ago was with a farmer who had an employee of his side business working on the farm one day during a slow period. When that person was injured, the policy did not cover the damages.

“He wasn’t covered because he wasn’t designated under the farming business, even though the farmer had liability for both businesses,” Bolton explains.

A more recent issue, he notes, has been in the utilization of milk culture labs on dairy farms. “It may not be covered if you have someone come in and [they are] injured or contaminated somehow,” Bolton says.

Get assistance

These are all topics worth discussing with an insurance agent. It’s hard to foresee any and all risks involved, but looking into possible scenarios and whether or not coverage is there is important either way.

The “Farm Liability Insurance” bulletin is available at your local Extension office or online at learningstore.uwex.edu.

“We wanted to offer some clarification that there are many exclusions and coverage options,” says Bolton. “Folks probably need to review and maybe even need some professional assistance in order to have some level of assurance that they have the coverage they need.”

Bradley writes from East Troy.

This article published in the November, 2011 edition of WISCONSIN AGRICULTURIST.

All rights reserved. Copyright Farm Progress Cos. 2011.

 

Jump on next spring’s weeds this fall

By FRAN O’LEARY

With rough weather blanketing the nation at the beginning of the growing season last spring, weed control has been much more of a challenge this year. Yet, growers fighting escaped weeds still have the opportunity to start fresh next year by implementing a fall burndown program.

“Getting an effective fall burndown application done on your acres is critically important,” says Dan Westberg, technical market manager with BASF. “It allows you to be able to get in and plant more timely next spring.”

One option for a fall burndown is a tool such as BASF’s Kixor herbicide technology, which provides fast and effective results. Kixor is proven to work three to five times faster than glyphosate and 2,4-D, and provides growers with an additional site of action to battle fall germinating and resistant annual weeds.

Get ready to A-C-T-T

BASF provides solutions, technical support and tools to help growers implement a weed management program based on herbicide best practices. To optimize the burndown performance of Kixor, Westberg offers the following best practices, also known as A-C-T-T:

• Adjuvant. Use a good-quality MSO at 1% by volume or a minimum of 1 pint per acre.

“This system gets more of the product into the weeds for optimum activity,” Westberg says.

• Coverage. Ensure thorough coverage of weeds.

“Use a minimum of 15 gallons per acre for high weed populations, particularly when variations in size prevent adequate spray coverage,” he notes.

• Tankmix. Partner with glyphosate.

“Utilizing multiple modes of action is important to resistance management, and glyphosate still offers good postemergence weed control. Glyphosate tank mixes well with Kixor and broadens the spectrum of weed control, particularly on grasses,” Westberg adds,

• Timing. Follow label directions for weed size.

“Most broadleaf weeds are listed for control at 6 inches or less. Optimize the burndown activity of Kixor with timely applications within the labeled weed size,” Westberg explains. “Also, it is always good stewardship to ensure air speed is at a proper level when applying any herbicide to avoid unwanted spray drift.”

A head start

Controlling tough winter annuals allows planting flexibility come spring, as clean fields help growers prepare for whatever weather the upcoming growing season will bring them — good or bad. And by using a product such as Sharpen herbicide, powered by Kixor, growers are also able to plant the crops in the spring that provide the best return on their investment.

“A fall burndown is also important to stewardship, as it can help growers protect their land and their investment by helping to manage the spread of resistant weeds and to retain no-till practices,” Westberg says. This includes proactive weed resistance management, such as using herbicides with different sites of action, and planning appropriately to help ensure effective on-target applications.

This article published in the November, 2011 edition of WISCONSIN AGRICULTURIST.

All rights reserved. Copyright Farm Progress Cos. 2011.

 
 

Top 20 agriculture stories for 2011, Part 1

A listing of the most viewed Western Farm Press articles for 2011 in descending order: #20 - #13. For #12 - #6, see Part 2.

20. Pound of honey a stunning bee creation

Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas

19. Opening Thompson seedless grape offer of $250 highest ever

Harry Cline

18. Farmers frustrated at EWG distortion of food facts

Harry Cline

17. Allied's SJV 2011 wine grapes 'sold out'

Harry Cline

16. Native bees may hold key to world's pollination problems

Erik Vance, University of California

15. Agriculture's message not resonating with the public

Richard Cornett, Director of Communications, Western Plant Health Association

14. What lies ahead after historic farmland boom?

Hembree Brandon

13. California grape acreage smallest in 13 years

Harry Cline

Rice crop yields disappoint, but could have been worse

JARED HOLZHAUERrsquos rice crop was a little disappointing this year But he realizes that it could have been worse considering the erratic season
<p> <em>JARED HOLZHAUER&rsquo;s rice crop was a little disappointing this year. But he realizes that it could have been worse, considering the erratic season.</em></p>

In early September of 2011, Arkansas rice producer Jared Holzhauer thought his crop had made it through early- and mid-season weather woes with flying colors. But by the time he started harvesting the crop later that month, it turned out that the crop looked better from the road than in the combine.

Because of exposure to excessive heat, especially for his early-planted crop, Holzhauer will average about 170 bushels per acre dry, compared to 184 bushels last year. But he believes yields could have been far worse had he not planted most of his acres in hybrids.

“Even my worst hybrid is beating what I’m hearing is coming off varietal rice. I’m probably 10-15 bushels off of last year, but it’s still beating typical varietal rice this year by 15 to 20 bushels.”

The season started out almost perfectly for Holzhauer. “We got in the field and got all our ground ready. I waited until April 1 to start planting rice, which is the first day I can plant under my crop insurance plan. We got two weeks into planting and it started raining.”

The rain washed out levees and Holzhauer was forced to replant some of the rice. He got through that, then more rain fell.

“We had a 4-inch rain the night after I got a permanent flood established on most of my rice. Levees were washed out again on a couple of fields. With rain, it’s either too much or too little. And it’s always either too hot or too cold. I hate to gripe too much. It’s hardly been a disaster this year. It’s just been disappointing. It could be a lot worse. A lot of producers had much more go wrong.”

Holzhauer, a fourth-generation farmer, produces about 2,100 acres of rice and soybeans around Gillett, Ark. After graduating from college in 2001, Holzhauer wanted to return to the family farm, but the operation wasn’t quite big enough to support him. He worked as a research specialist in agronomy systems at the Rice Research and Extension Center, in Stuttgart, Ark., for the next four years. Six years ago, when the farm picked up another 800 acres, Jared joined the operation. Last year, his father, Alvin, retired and Jared took over the farm.

To help minimize weather risk on the farm, Holzhauer will shift to a higher percentage of hybrid rice in 2012 and will add corn to his rotation. His landlords on crop share understand that the shift is needed, “even though it’s an expensive price tag starting out. They have some concerns with the way the varietal rice has been performing.”

In 2011, Holzhauer planted RiceTec hybrids XL 723, XP 754 and Clearfield XL 745 on the majority of his acres and Francis on one 50-acre field. The Clearfield hybrid was planted in a field near Gillett. “You can’t put Command out because it’s too close to town. Newpath works real well for controlling weeds where you don’t have Command.

“The disease package on the hybrid rice is so much better than the varietal rice,” Holzhauer said. “The hybrids are so fast too. They outgrow some of the disease.”

Holzhauer noted that the hybrids appear to show some resistance to bacterial panicle blight, which has gotten into the Mid-South rice crop the last two years.

Holzhauer will have to make some equipment changes to insure a good stand of hybrid rice. “You can’t afford to plant more than RiceTec recommends, and you don’t want to plant too light, so I’m going to have to invest in a drill that’s a little more precise. Combined with environmental conditions, I didn’t get the stand I would have liked to have had this year. But it’s certainly a testament to the hybrids to be able to get a crop out as bad as things looked.”

Holzhauer sprays all his hybrids with a fungicide, even though it may not always be necessary. “One of the cost benefits of a hybrid is that you don’t have to spray a fungicide. But I think it’s cheap insurance.”

Corn could also help Holzhauer minimize weather risk. “I’ve never wanted to produce corn, and I’m not set up to do it. But rice has become so risky. Even in a year like this, with the excessive heat that we had, corn still turned out better than the rice.”

With corn, “you can get it planted and harvested earlier. That’s a big help right there. Most of my farms have a more than adequate water supply, so it’s not that big of a deal trying to get water to it. Once you get your irrigation pipe down on corn, you just basically have to open and close the riser. You get all your spraying done early. Rice is such a high maintenance crop.”

Corn will also allow Holzhauer to reduce tillage. “I’m going to try and no-till soybeans behind corn on the same beds and not have to work the ground. Corn is good for the ground. It’s a high biomass crop.”

Holzhauer markets his own crops, and looks to lock in a price prior to the season. “It gives me some peace of mind when I know I have booked at a price where I can make some money. I don’t think you can go wrong booking ahead of time.”

When Holzhauer drives a tractor or combine during the season, he’s also tending to his second job as the mayor of the town of Gillett. “It’s supposed to be a part-time mayor with a lot of phone work. I take care of a lot of business in the cab of a combine. The employees at City Hall don’t need somebody to hold their hand. They know what to do. If there’s a problem, they can come find me in the field. During the offseason, I try to keep regular hours in City Hall.” 

Two effective weed killers weren’t labeled herbicides

There was a time when two of our better weed control chemicals were not actually classified as herbicides. Prior to the introduction of Basagran, the best control of cocklebur could be provided by a soil nematicide, DBCP, sold as Nemagon or Fumazone. The cocklebur activity was discovered by accident. DBCP was nasty stuff and the registration was cancelled not long after the cocklebur activity was discovered.

After we chased the cockleburs and morningglories around a while with Basagran, Blazer and the likes, we began to see a lot more sicklepod in Arkansas soybean fields. It was already a big problem in some of the Southeast states. While some herbicides had some activity on it, none were really good until Roundup Ready came along.

For a while though, an insecticide, toxaphene, would provide good control of sicklepod if applied in the cotyledon to one true leaf stage. We could not get sicklepod added to the label, but farmers were beginning to find a lot of worms in fields that had sicklepod! As with DBCP, the toxaphene registration was cancelled about the time it started to be used much for sicklepod control.

In a recent article I provided a progression of herbicides in soybeans up through the ALS-inhibiting herbicides such as Scepter, Classic and FirstRate as examples. Along the way there were different herbicides and mixtures in the existing modes of action that were introduced. However, the ALS inhibitors introduced in the early 1980s represent the last selective mode of action introduced in soybeans.

We had gone over 10 years without the introduction of a new mode of action before Roundup Ready was introduced and we have not had a selective mode of action introduced since. In fact, the last new selective mode of action, period, was the introduction of the HPPD or bleaching herbicides in corn around 1985. Examples of these are Callisto, Balance, and Laudis.

In addition, the nonselective modes of action like glyphosate and glufosinate (Ignite) are older as are some of the other herbicides like 2,4-D and dicamba that we may get to use with new trait technology. The fact that our newest herbicides are nearly 30 years old gives the weeds a lot of time to catch up.

In cotton the herbicide trends are similar to those in soybeans. We got the postemergence grass herbicides and then an ALS inhibitor, Staple, that provided some of the same weed control capabilities we had in soybeans. The ALS inhibitors were the last selective mode of action in cotton, and as in soybeans, we quickly had resistance issues with them. That is why most of the Palmer pigweeds in cotton and soybeans were resistant to these herbicides when the glyphosate resistance was documented.

I did not mention MSMA and DSMA in cotton when I was discussing johnsongrass in the previous articles and someone will likely ding me. Through the years these have been mixed with most everything used in cotton to provide annual grass and johnsongrass suppression. However they really did not provide effective control of rhizome johnsongrass.

Cotton and soybeans fit nicely together when discussing the progression of herbicide development. We use some of the same herbicides and most of the same modes of action in rice. I will focus on rice more in some later articles, but I want to finish my thoughts on cotton and soybeans in the next couple.

To this point I have brought things to the introduction of the Roundup Ready crops. I could see the Palmer pigweed issue beginning to swarm (as my grandmother would put it) about the time we got Roundup Ready soybeans into the research program. That technology changed the face of agriculture.

Kinze, Tonutti Wolagri Group reach distribution agreement for Russian Federation

Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. and Tonutti Wolagri Group have reached a distribution agreement for the Russian Federation in which Tonutti Group will assume direct responsibility for all Kinze-branded products and services in the territory.

Tonutti Group manufactures hay and forage equipment. Three Italian production facilities and the head office are located in Remanzacco (UD) and in Suzzara (MN). In addition, the company has a regional office in Moscow, Russia; a sales, service and parts facility in Perm, Russia; and a manufacturing facility in Krasnokamsk, Russia.  Tonutti Group has also been present in the United States since 1985 with facilities in Memphis, Tennessee.

 “We are very excited about creating this partnership between two brands built on trust,” said Susanne Kinzenbaw Veatch, Kinze vice president, chief marketing officer and second-generation owner. “Our company has a long history of creating long-lasting, innovative farm equipment to help make growers productive and solve business problems. We’re pleased to be working with Tonutti to support our customers in Russia and are confident they will provide the utmost service to our growers there.”

Tonutti Group officially introduced the Kinze products in Russia during the Golden Autumn farm show held in Moscow from Oct. 6-16, 2011.

2012 Renewable Fuel Standards
 finalized by EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized the 2012 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). EPA continues to support greater use of renewable fuels within the transportation sector every year through the RFS2 program, which encourages innovation, strengthens American energy security, and decreases greenhouse gas pollution.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) established the RFS2 program and the annual renewable fuel volume targets, which steadily increase to an overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. To achieve these volumes, EPA calculates a percentage-based standard for the following year. Based on the standard, each refiner and importer determines the minimum volume of renewable fuel that it must ensure is used in its transportation fuel.

The final 2012 overall volumes and standards are:

  • 

Biomass-based diesel (1.0 billion gallons; 0.91 percent)
  • 
Advanced biofuels (2.0 billion gallons; 1.21 percent)

  • Cellulosic biofuels (8.65 million gallons; 0.006 percent)
Total renewable fuels (15.2 billion gallons; 9.23 percent)

Last spring EPA had proposed a volume requirement of 1.28 billion gallons for biomass-based diesel for 2013. EISA specifies a 1 billion gallon minimum volume requirement for that category for 2013 and beyond, but enables EPA to increase the volume requirement after consideration of a variety of environmental, market, and energy-related factors. EPA is continuing to evaluate the many comments from stakeholders on the proposed biomass based diesel volume for 2013 and will take final action next year.

Overall, EPA’s RFS2 program encourages greater use of renewable fuels, including advanced biofuels. For 2012, the program is implementing EISA’s requirement to blend more than 1.25 billion gallons of renewable fuels over the amount mandated for 2011.

More information on the standards and regulations: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/regulations.htm



More information on renewable fuels: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/index.htm

UT AgResearch expands 2012 field day schedule

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host 20 field days and special events at UT AgResearch and Education Centers across the state in 2012. That’s up five from the 2011 tally. With a broad range of topics, representing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture, these events offer opportunities to learn to be a better producer of almost anything you can grow in the state, be it cattle, cotton, crape myrtle or cabbage.

The new additions to the schedule include a Green Industry special event at the UT Gardens, Knoxville, on June 19; the Tobacco and Forage Production Field Day on July 19 at the AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville; the Biomass event in Vonore on Oct. 24 through 25; and the return of the Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Day to the Forest Resources Center in Oak Ridge on March 31.

July 2012 also marks the return of the biennial Milan No-Till Field Day which always takes place on the last Thursday in July on even-numbered years.

The complete field day schedule is as follows:

  • Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods – March 31, 8:30 a.m., Oak Ridge.
  • Organic Crops Field Tour – April 26, 9 a.m., Organic Crops Unit, Knoxville.
  • Fruits of the Backyard – June 12, 8:30 a.m., Spring Hill.
  • Beef and Dairy – June 14, 7:30 a.m., Little River Animal and Environmental Unit, Walland.
  • Tobacco, Beef and More – June 28, 7 a.m., Springfield.
  • Summer Celebration – July 12, 10 a.m., Jackson.
  • Tobacco and Forage Production – July 19, 3 p.m., Greeneville.
  • Milan No-Till – July 26, 7 a.m., Milan.
  • Steak and Potatoes – Aug. 7, 8 a.m., Crossville.
  • Cotton Field Day – Sept. 5, 8 a.m., Jackson.
  • Turfgrass and Ornamental – Sept. 13, 7:30 a.m., Plant Sciences Unit, Knoxville.
  • Forest Resources – Sept. 22, 8:30 a.m., Oak Ridge.
  • Pumpkin Field Day – Sept. 27, 1 p.m., Jackson.
  • Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo – Oct. 11, 7 a.m., Greeneville.

Special events:

  • Blooms Days – May 12-13, UT Gardens, Knoxville.
  • Green Industry – June 19, 8 a.m., UT Gardens, Knoxville.
  • Fall Gardeners’ Festival – Aug. 28, 10 a.m., Crossville.
  • Heritage Festival – Oct. 13, 9 a.m., Grand Junction.
  • Fall Folklore Jamboree – Oct. 20, 9 a.m., Milan.
  • Biomass:  From Grow to Go – Oct. 24-25, 8:45 a.m., Vonore.

All field days and special events are open to the public and most events offer free admission.

More detailed information about each field day or special event will be posted online at http://agriculture.tennessee.edu closer to the scheduled time. You may also visit the individual Research and Education Centers homepages or call their main offices for details. Those numbers can be found online here.
UT AgResearch hosts one of the most extensive field day schedules of the U.S. land-grant system, and the 2012 educational events sponsored by AgResearch and the other UT Institute of Agriculture units stand out as examples of the continuing tradition of public outreach on the part of the nation’s land-grant institutions. 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which created the United States’ system of “people’s colleges” – institutes of higher learning designated specifically to serve all citizens through teaching, research, and outreach.

UT AgResearch operates 10 outdoor laboratories at strategic climate and topographic locations throughout the state. In addition to its agricultural research programs, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.